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good morning. miracle in the mine. 33 workers in chile trapped for 17 days 2,000 feet down. then all of a sudden, look at this. they're all found alive. but why it could take until christmas to get them out. scrambling -- is the government doing enough to keep our food safe? we'll ask the woman in charge of the fda. and payback -- the founder of wikileaks, the website that leaked those classified war documents, named in a rape case in sweden. he says he's innocent.
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those charges have been dropped, and now he suggests it's all part of a pentagon smear campaign. "today," monday, august 23rd, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm ann curry in for meredith. the celebration going on in chi chile because it's an incredible discovery, all 33 workers trapped in a collapsed mine more than two weeks alive and well. >> it's pretty dramatic stuff. rescuers use add drill to bore down to where they believed the miners were trapped. when they pulled the drill back up on sunday there were notes attached to it. one read, we are all fine in shelter. >> they then looked inside to capture this miner smiling into
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the lens. you can see at the bottom of the screen. that's the good news. here's the bad news. it could take up to four months to drill another hole big enough to bring those men to the surface. the latest straight ahead. >> it's incredible stuff. also ahead, was work place bullying to blame for a university of havevirginia maga editor who took his own life? his family believes the suicide was the result of repeated harassment allegedly at the hands of his boss. we'll have more on that story coming up. plus this morning, the remarkable recovery of an american snowboarder, kevin pierce. he suffered a severe brain injury during training weeks before the winter olympics in vancouver. even his own doctors are calling it a miracle this morning kevin pierce will be joining us for a live interview. we want to begin with this miracle in chile. 33 workers found alive more than two weeks after a cave-in at a small gold and copper mine. carl quintanilla has more on this. carl, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. for 16 days rescue teams made seven attempts to find out if those miners had made it to the emergency shelter.
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and on sunday, 17 days after the initial accident, the eighth try proved a success. the signs of life came from a world far below. sparking a huge celebration sunday as family and friends learned 33 trapped miners were indeed alive. it was the news that this nation had dreamed of after so many had given up hope. a drill finally broke through solid rock allowing rescue teams to send a probe more than 2,000 feet below the earth with hopes of reaching the missing men. stuck underground for 17 days, the trapped miners attached two notes to the drill. when rescuers tugged it to the surface, there was a message for the world. with great delight chile's president, sebastien pinera, waved the hopeful words in the air. "all 33 of us are fine in the shelter." one miner wrote of their living conditions explaining how they dug a channel to reach
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underground water and used vehicles for light. loved ones celebrated the news with big hugs and warm hearts. they were even able to see the miners after a video camera was sent down the probe shaft as well. it's a system that will allow the delivery of food, water, and oxygen to the miners as long as they're trapped. and rescue teams say that could be a while. experts warned it may take another four months to dig a hole large enough to actually free all 33 miners. some time around december, setting the stage for what could be a true christmas miracle. and, again, those miners are trapped in a copper and gold mine. experts say health risks are small as long as they keep receiving enough food, water, and objectixygen. matt? >> carl quintanilla with great news this morning. carl, thanks very much. it's four minutes after the hour. here's ann. closer to home the fda is struggling to find a source for the salmonella outbreak that has led now to the recall of half a billion eggs.
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in a moment we'll talk to the commissioner of the fda but first tom costello is in washington with the latest on the recall and the investigation. tom, good morning. >> reporter: ann, good morning to you. it's hard to know how many people have been sickened by bad eggs since may but the cdc does say it has seen more than 1,300 more cases than normal. so far no reports of any deaths. >> mommy! >> reporter: 16 had been month-old eva jones is a nonstop bundle of energy, now recovered after her parents rushed her to an e.r. in waterloo, iowa, this month dehydrated and sick. >> an extreme bout of diarrhea and she started going to the bathroom approximately every 15 minutes to half hour. >> reporter: after eight days in the hospital, the diagnosis was salmonella poisoning, probably from eggs. over the past three months hundreds, maybe thousands of people are thought to have been sickened after eating contaminated eggs. now more than half a billion have been pulled off the market
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in 22 states. the contaminated eggs were shipped from mid-may to mid-august but a voluntary recall wasn't announced until this month. more evidence says a former fda executive that the nation's food safety net has a big hole in it. >> in the united states we tend to chase the foodborne disease after it occurs and try to find the problem. instead of putting in place preventive control to keep the contamination from occurring in the first place. >> reporter: the farms in iowa were supplied with chickens and feed by the sixth biggest egg producer in the country with a troubled past. dacosta was labelled for multiple the water pollution and waste violations. fined for federal health and safety violation for labor department described as sweatshop conditions in maine. they paid $1.3 million to settle allegations of sexual assault and intimidation in 2002. then in 2003 he pled guilty to
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knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and just two months ago the company paid $100,000 fine for animal cruelty documented in undercover video. >> gasps for air as she slowly dies. >> reporter: phillip is a reporter for "the "des moines register"." >> he was the poster child for what would be wrong with this large scale industrial scale agriculture. at the same time he was an embarrassment to conventional big agriculture because he was constantly in the headlines. >> reporter: we've asked the company for comment. it declined. the senate is now sitting on legislation that would give the fda much more authority and manpower both which really lacked right now after salmonella outbreaks including peanut butter, spinach, and processed foods. >> tom costello in washington, thanks very much. dr. margaret hamburg of the food and drug administration, good
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morning to you. >> good morning. >> these numbers are alarming. half a billion with a "b," half a billion eggs being recalled. given the size and the scope of the recall right now do you at the fda feel as if you have your arms around this problem right now? >> well, it is the largest egg recall that we've had in recent history. we're continuing to investigate aggressively to determine the exact source of the contamination as we move forward with the recall. we may see some addition al recalls over the next couple days, even weeks, as we better understand the network of distribution of these eggs contaminated. i do want to say that consumers should look on the website foodsafety to learn more about the recall and to look specifically at whether eggs that they may have purchased fit into the recall and should be thrown out. >> absolutely. let me put some graphics up
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right now, dr. hamburg. they should be looking for the plant number and we're showing them right here, what that looks like, and we also on our website will put up the specific numbers they have to be looking for. as we look at this, let me ask you, some friends of mine over the weekend said people started getting sick in may. why did it take so long for this recall? we're in august now, the end of august. >> well, there is -- you have to start an investigation. first you see the rise in the number of cases of salmonella above the normal background. then you start to identify the cases and do the investigation of where they might have been exposed. this salmonella is the most common kind so it makes it a little bit harder to track down the source. the centers for disease control are our federal partners in food safety have been working very hard with us on this outbreak investigation. we've tried to move swiftly to identify the source and take the
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action necessary to protect the consumer. >> the situation has raised some other questions. i spoke to president obama back in february of 2009 shortly after he took office. it was the time of the big peanut butter recall. >> right. >> and i asked him at the time if he thought the fda was doing its job. he said, quote, i think the fda has not been able to catch some of these things as quickly as i expect them to catch them and so we're going to be doing a complete review of fda operations. here we are a year and a half later. we have another massive recall. are you in a situation as tom costello suggested in his piece where you're limited in resources and manpower and funding so that you can only react after something goes wrong, that you can't be proactive and get out there and prevent things from going wrong? >> well, we very much want to shift the paradigm to a preventive approach. food safety has been a priority of this administration and certainly the fda has been working aggressively to move in this direction. we are hoping that the food safety legislation that was
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mentioned will be passed by congress. >> double the resources, double the funding? >> we need additional resources. we need additional authority. we need greater ability to trace back products to their source so that we can identify how the contamination occurred and what products are at risk. we need better abilities and authorities to put in place these preventive controls and hold companies accountable and we need to be able to more routinely review records and work with companies to make sure that the food supply is safe. the food safety legislation adds an additional potential new authority or set of authorities that have to do with imported food. this is a domestic outbreak. more and more food is coming from overseas and we need to aggressively address the safety issues there. >> dr. hamburg, i appreciate your time this morning. good luck. >> thank you t. and let's get a check of the morning's other top stories.
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hey, carl. good morning, everybody. officials in pakistan are fighting to protect more cities from rising floodwaters. relief agencies are using boats to get aid to the millions of people who need it. recent floods have left more than 60 million people homeless and officials warn cholera and other diseases pose a real threat. flooding has forced the evacuation of more than a quarter million people in northern china. the flooding there is the worst in a decade. some people have had to be lifted to safety by helicopter. a hostage drama this morning in the philippines where a former police officer held more than a dozen tourists on a bus in manila. he later released several hostages. he is demanding his job back. both sides took to the street in the controversy over that proposed mosque near ground zero. opponents chanted no mosque, no way. and demanded the mosque be moved further away from the site of the 9/11 attacks in new york. they criticized what they say is racist fear. the coast guard searching for a
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small plane that disappeared in alaska in bad weather. onboard a pilot and three workers from the national park service. and a helicopter pilot is banged up but safe after a crash sunday in san diego bay. the pilot reported mechanical problems just after he took off. close call. it is now 7:12. back to matt, ann and stephanie. al is off this morning. stephanie abrams is here for us to look at the forecast after a rainy end of the weekend here in the northeast. >> we are going to talk about that in a >> good morning, everyone. off to a pretty quiet start at home. a fewrainshowers this afternoon.
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take an umbrella with you just in case. high ann, over to you. >> all right, stephanie, thanks. is the pentagon targeting the leader of wikileaks for posting documents online? that's what he's claiming after being named in a rape case. martin fletcher is in london this morning. he joins us now. martin, good morning. >> reporter: ann, good morning. julian was charged with the rape and molestation in two separate cases. in sweden where he thought he was safe. the swedish tabloid broke the story saturday that two women had complained to police who issued an arrest warrant. one claimed she had been attacked in a hotel.
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but police didn't find him. he quickly replied via twitter saying the charges were without basis and deeply disturbing. then hours later sweden dropped the rape charge. the prosecutor said there's no longer reason to believe assange committed rape. >> that's not enough for being arrested. >> reporter: talking to al jazeera television -- >> it's clearly a smear campaign. >> reporter: after releasing 75,000 military files on his website wikileaks assange is getting ready to release another 15,000 within a month. the pentagon wants to stem the flow of leaks about its afghanistan campaign. u.s. officials call assange's papers one of the biggest security breaches in u.s. history. >> the taliban will be poring
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over every word of the report to see what they can find out about the way we operate against them. >> reporter: assange says wikileaks is halfway through examining the 15,000 documents to eliminate people being harmed. he said he will release the papers come what may. today assange's lawyers want to meet with swedish officials hoping they'll drop the molestation charges. he says releasing the secret files is his duty. ann? nbc's martin fletcher this morning, thanks. it is now 7:16. now to politics and a bitter senate primary race in florida. one of the candidates is a self-made billionaire whose private life is getting about as much attention as his political views. nbc's norah o'donnell is in miami with more on this. norah, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, good morning, matt. this race is a key contest that could determine which party controls the u.s. senate.
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but for now this democratic primary is one of the nastiest in florida's history for closure, unemployment, huge issues here in florida and yet there's a lot of talk about one candidate's relationship with mike tyson, lindsay lohan, and how he made his billion-dollar fortune. jeff green is not your average politician. that's donald trump's house. he's a self-made billionaire who boast as lavish lifestyle. his opponent a florida native and son of one of the most prominent african-american leaders. >> i'm the true candidate for the middle class. >> reporter: greene says when he came to palm beach, they had nothing. >> i was a bus boy first and then i became a waiter in the main dining room. >> reporter: and what did you learn? >> i've learned in my life how
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far you can go. i can go from working here, i had to go through this back door only to get into the hotel. >> reporter: greene owns this $24 million mansion. millionaire or billionaire? >> who know what is they call it. >> reporter: his 154-foot yacht and spent his own money to try to win a u.s. senate seat. >> i can have all the money in the world. with everybody unemployed, you know, i think americans don't realize we're in a downward spiral and we have to re-invent this country. >> reporter: meek bet the housing market would collapse. >> you make a decision. you want to make money and you're playing a game on wall street, play that game. but you don't play that game and then turn around and go to the very state that you put your money against and made you a billionaire and say that i want to be your united states senator
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and i'm going to represent you. >> not a single person lost a penny because of the investments i made. >> reporter: greene is trailing in the polls to meek. it's not policy. it's his personal life that's made the front pages. boxer mike tyson was greene's best man. this new year's he was photographed with lindsay lohan in the caribbean playground. >> i don't believe that he has the spirit to represent people. >> kendrick meek does not want to talk about his record and why he wants to keep talking about the sideshow issue of who i knew and didn't know. >> reporter: that doesn't say anything about your character, the company you keep? >> if i let someone sleep on our boat two nights, that's not what's important. the people of florida are suffering. >> reporter: now the winner of this democratic primary is going to face a unique challenge. a three-way race against a former state house speaker and then the governor of florida,
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charlie chryst, who is running as an independent. >> norah o'donnell in miami, appreciate that. still ahead, a shocking death rocks the university of virginia campus. did a top magazine editor take his own life because he was b l bullied by his boss. the latest on that and much more ahead.
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down towards the 895 road. in the meantime, 23 miles per hour for the 95 delay. northbound during slowing in the outer loop ride around the linney valley -- delaney valley. 26 minutes is what it will take you on southbound 895 from the north side to the south side. only a 10 minute ride on south 95. those delays are filtering out. 30 minutes on the outer loop west side. multiple vehicles involved in this accident at 895 and o'donnell. 95 is backed up as well. that is the latest. 295 looking pretty good. >> good morning, everyone. things pretty quiet in the weather department. a little bit of cloud coverage.
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the morning' to meet should be ok. the forecast today becoming most cloudy. a chance for a few rain showers later this morning in this afternoon. 40% chance. seven-day forecast is a chance for showers in the picture on tuesday and wednesday with highs in the upper 70's. nice weather at the end of the week. >> be sure to check the bottom of your screen for updated news. back in 25 minutes for another a live update. live update.
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7:30 now on a monday morning, the 23rd of august, 2010. hi to all the nice guys and gals underneath umbrellas. we've had some downpours this morning. out there handing out some warm drinks. >> no. >> we will in just a little while. inside the studio, i'm matt lauer along with ann curry filling in for meredith. and coming up, a very serious story. details in a brutal bear attack. a worker mauled to death in an animal sanctuary when an
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8-year-old bear he cared for turned on him. could the tragedy have been prevented? just ahead the 911 call placed during that attack. and also ahead, is work place bullying to blame for a suicide death of a magazine editor at the university of virginia? an investigation is now under way looking into that question. we'll get the latest on that, matt. we're looking forward to another interview later on. snowboarder kevin pierce will sit down for a live interview and talk to us about his recovery from the traumatic brain injury he sustained while training for the olympic winter games in vancouver. he looks like he's doing really well. looking forward to saying hi to him. >> first, let's begin with the latest on the capture of those two fugitives involved in the escape from an arizona prison. they dubbed themselves a modern day bonnie and clyde. george lewis has more on this. george, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. john mccloskey and welch did label themselves a modern day
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bonnie and clyde. they surrendered although authorities say it easily could have gone the other way. it was early saturday when john mccluskey was brought here, being housed in separate cells. it was obvious they won't be getting out on bail anytime soon. that's $1 million apiece. on july 30th mccluskey and two other inmates escaped from this medium security prison. they suspect welch of helping them by throwing a pair of wire cutters over the fence. the other two men were caught. mccluskey and welch eluded the dragnet. finally the pair was captured at a campground in eastern arizona near the new mexico border. after a park ranger spotted the couple's gray nissan sentra
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parked in a strange position, partially hidden in the trees. the ranger, who doesn't want his identi identity revealed for fair of prepriceals, alerted police. they quickly rolled in and grabbed mccluskey. sergeant webb hogel of the apatchee county sheriff's department collared the fugitive. >> he made the statement that he wished he had, you know, killed the forest service employee when he had the chance. >> reporter: police say they have evidence linking mccluskey and welch to the murder of an oklahoma couple whose bodies were found inside their burned out travel trailer in new mexico. during the arrest as police went after welch, as she threw the gun down mccluskey made a possibly incriminating statement. >> when the sergeant on scene says don't mess with that, that could be the murder weapon. he said, no, the murder weapon is over in the tent. so spontaneous utterances that
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he had committed those murders. >> reporter: now authorities in new mexico are eager to get their hands on mccluskey and welch to face potential murder charges. chillingly mccluskey told deputies if he could have gotten to that gun in the tent he would have shot it out with them. ann? >> george lewis this morning, thanks. chef web hogel responsible for bringing in the two fugitives, good morning and congratulations. >> thank you very much. good morning to you. >> very dramatic capture and as i understand it you arrived at the site and had to actually wait for an hour before all of your team arrived. once everybody was there, how exactly did this go down without a shoot-out as the two said they were going to plan if there's an attempt to capture them? >> my feeling that they were meant to be captured at the time. it was by luck we rolled in hard and fast and we caught them in the right spot at the right
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time. >> you literally had to take down john mccluskey, is that right? >> yes, ma'am. >> and i guess the question is sort of how were you able to capture them alive without any one of your deputies being injured? >> i think we put together a good plan, had other agency cooperation, our drug task force team, members of my s.w.a.t. team and forest service personnel. >> when she reached for the gun, what did you do? >> at that point i just put down john mccluskey, myself and two other operators were coming around. she reached back and pulled out a gun. she did it in a manner and i could tell there was a little bit of hesitation by her trying to make the decision whether to shoot it out or put it down.
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thank goodness she put it down. >> the two afterwards were fairly chatty, as i understand. did they admit to killing this couple in arizona and there was a gun in the tent? >> the couple in new mexico, yes, they did. >> in new mexico, that's right. >> yes. they had said the murder weapon that they had used was in the tent. they also indicated that if he could have gotten to his gun he would have shot it out with us. >> it's amazing you were able to do this as safely as you did. as i understand it you're in commander of this task force for one week. are you hoping for a quieter second week, sheriff? >> yeah. it would be nice to have a quieter second week. >> well, we wish you that and i think you certainly deserve it. sheriff webb hoyle. >> thank you. a check of the weather from stephanie abrams in for al. hey, ann, this is nothing compared to these two ladies from wisconsin. no umbrella. why no umbrella?
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>> it's all part of the a adventure. it's a vacation. >> it's a vacation. all right. i'm sharing my umbrella with them for the time being. it's going to rain in the northeast. the clouds will keep us cool here. ten degrees cooler in new york. we're going to be about ten degrees warmer in houston and dallas. look at that 107. >> good morning, everyone. we're off to a nice, quiet this afternoon we could see a few rain showers pop up. 40% and to find out if it's umbrella weather where you live, go to 24 hours a day. matt, over to you.
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a worker mauled to death by a bear. amy robach has the story. good morning. >> reporter: this man cared for bears but it was his favorite black bear, an 8 ye-year-old, w turned on him in a savage attack and now many are asking could this tragedy have been prevented? the horror of what happened to brent at this exotic animal sanctuary has his friends and family in total shock. >> it's pretty much like a bad dream. >> reporter: the 24-year-old young man was brutally mauled thursday evening by a 350-pound black bear named iroqois. >> he panicked and i panicked. >> reporter: the owner immediately called 911. >> bites on his body. >> i think he has a collapsed
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lung. that's my fear. >> sir, is he breathing right now? >> no! >> you just told me he was. >> now he's not. >> reporter: he was rushed to a medical center and died. the exact details of the attack are too traumatic to account. what started as friendly play suddenly became very violent. >> probably the hardest thing i've ever been through in my life. >> reporter: brent cadro loved the bears and tigers at the sanctuary, all rescued or retired from the entertainment industry. >> pretty much had an animal in his life all his life. >> reporter: the owner has come under fire for running bear wrestling acts. and he's faced troubles with the u.s. department for publicly exhibiting animals without the proper license. >> it's tragic and it could have been prevented. >> reporter: mizzola staps by his record. >> i can say we've had a perfect
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safety record. >> reporter: bear attacks are rare but certainly not unheard of. a mother grizzly went on a murderous rampage in montana. >> i couldn't believe the strength of this animal and i could just feel everything crushing. >> reporter: while her cubs watched she attacked three campers mauling one to death. now another community mourns for a young life lost gone way too soon. >> i loved brent and i miss him more than anything in the whole world. it's what we wanted to do. >> reporter: and at the wishes of kanda's family, the black bear has been euthanized. they are working to determine if any criminal charges may be filed in the case. matt? >> thank you very much. appreciate it. 7:40. up next an employee for a university of virginia magazine take his own life because he was being bullied by his boss? depression is a serious medical condition that can take so much out of you. i feel like i have to wind myself up
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back now at 7:43 and a deadly case of work place bullying. the editor of a virginia magazine is now under investigation by university officials for allegedly driving one of his employees to suicide. nbc's jeff rossen is here with details on that. jeff, good morning. >> reporter: hi, matt. good morning. if you've ever had a bully for a boss you know how stressful it can be. at this office in virginia co-workers say their boss was so mean, so toxic, that an employee actually killed himself just to
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escape. he'd gone to human resources and other officials more than a dozen times for help, but his boss remained on the job. ins inside this small virginia office kevin morrissey was reaching his breaking point dealing with a boss co-workers say taunted him endlessly. he worked at "vqr." kevin's sister told us he lived for his job and ended up dying for it. >> he was really good at his job and no one should have to choose between a bully boss and being unemployed. >> reporter: that bully boss is ted jenoway. they say he harassed kevin, blaming him for almost everything even suspending him for a week in july without giving him a reason just to mess with him, one co-worker told us. was it toxic? >> it was a toxic environment for kevin. >> reporter: waldo jakewith is the web editor.
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>> ted's treatment of kevin in the last two weeks of his life was just egregious and it just ate kevin up. >> reporter: then on the morning of july 30th, he sent kevin this e-mail criticizing his work again. kevin morrissey received this from his boss at 9:47 a.m. by 11:30, less than two hours later, he had come here to this tower near campus. kevin called 911 to report a shooting. that's when he pulled out a gun, pulled the trigger, and killed himself. >> it's just like, i can't take it anymore. it's just the last straw. >> reporter: while he battled with clinic depression, kevin blamed his boss for driving him over the edge. i can't bear things anymore, he wrote. in his apartment working with a self-absorbed, how to handle narcissistic personalities on the job. they say the most disturbing was the latest phone bill obtained
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by nbc news showing kevin made 17 calls to university offices in the week leading up to his death. and what did they do for him? >> nothing. he said a lot of really great things but no action ever resulted. >> reporter: university officials confirm they set up meetings. in an emrail to the staff genoway defended himself and blamed kevin. his work suffered and his demeanor to my mind was often unacceptable for the work place. i cannot accept the final blame he laid on me. he declined to speak with us on camera but his lawyer did. you've heard the accusation. was your client a work place bully? >> he was not a work place bully. >> reporter: does ted take any responsibility for this? >> when kevin morrissey committed suicide it was a combination of unhappiness at work and his own long-standing clinical depression. >> reporter: but for kevin's family if genoway wasn't the cause he was, in their words, the final straw. >> with ongoing daily assaults
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and you're already depressed, how tough is that? >> reporter: the university of virginia admits no wrongdoing here but they have launched a full internal investigation into kevin's death. the work place environment of a magazine and allegations, matt, they did not act fast enough when kevin reached out for help. >> jeff, thank you very much. nicole williams is a career and work place expert. a nicole, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> the university needs to conduct an investigation. i'm going to let that happen. i'm not going to jump to any conclusions. what does jump out at me, though, is the number of phone calls that were made by kevin to university officials in the days and weeks leading up to this. >> yes. and what's so funny, matt, bullying is random. there's no question about it. because it's not illegal -- it's not considered harassment unless the individual being bullied is under protected status and the person who is actually doing the bullying is not part of that protective status group. this goes on. people complain repeatedly and
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officials do not respond. >> if there are repeated complaints, clearly it's a he said/she said situation or in this case he said/he said, but does the university need to at least separate these two while they're conducting a further investigation? >> yes, you'd think so. yes, matt. absolutely. the way this is dealt with and of course we're going to learn more as time goes on, sounds as if this was a very tragic case that was not handled well. it is true there's bullying going on without question. i think there is this is a great opportunity for us to reflect on why is bullying so rampant. >> what defines work place bullying? you can be a tough boss without being a bully. >> it's repeated, matt, and it's all about undermining someone. it is about -- and this is the problem with bullying. sometimes it's very covert, very passive/aggressive, gossiping about people, not letting them into important meetings.
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it's treating them meanly and poorly but, you're right, it's tough. what's the difference between a tough boss. >> he also had a history of clinical depression and that may have influenced the way officials viewed this. >> absolutely. >> they may have thought this was something more in line with his depression and less in line with what was going on in the work place. >> absolutely. >> we don't know. >> it's so chicken and egg, matt. inevitably you're bullied at work, you're going to be depressed. at what point is the bullying sp responsible for the depression and unfortunate suicide? this is a really interesting case and definitely is going to bring light to work place -- healthy work place out and about and certainly this is going to definitely bring interest to this topic. >> nicole williams, thanks. 7:49. up next, can kids tell the difference in designer duds and clothing from a discount retailer? we'll put a group of teens to the test.
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>> live, local, late breaking, this is wbal to be 11 years in baltimore. >> good morning, everyone. >> good morning, everyone. good news to report on the accident on southbound 895 is now off to the side. still down to 19 miles per hour. a lot of delays as a result of that accident. they stretch back on 95. let's see what else is gone on in terms of delays. 28 miles per hour on the north
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side outer loop. inner loop delays prior to 95 because of all the delays. bellaire road and sparrows point have accidents. 80 minutes on the outer the north side. 18 minute ride on the west side as well. here is another look at the accident scene. south from lanes open. you still might want to consider the beltway on the east side to get around all of this. pingree delays -- blinged during delays. let's check in with tony report a look at the forecasts. the good things pretty quiet right now. a little bit of sunshine. the clouds will fill in as we go through the morning. 70 in colombia.
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8:00 now on a monday morning, the 23rd day of august, 2010. a wet and wild day here in the northeast. we've had rain and thunderstorms over the last 24 hours. we have a nice group of people gathered under umbrellas, tolerating our fantastic weather. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry who is filling in while meredith is taking time off. >> one of the things about being here is that every single one of you is going to be on television. >> we'll pan the crowd today. coming up we'll talk about the
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remarkable story of kevin pierce, the american snowboarder who suffered a traumatic brain injury just a few weeks before the vancouver olympic winter games. doctors say that his survival and recovery are nothing short of a miracle. we've been following this story and we're thrilled to say kevin pierce is live in our studio. we're going to talk to him in just a couple of minutes. >> he's a very sweet guy. also coming up, a lot of people are shopping for their kids' back to school wear. would your kids let you shop at a discount retailer? guess what, we have janice lieberman who has the labels cut out. could they tell the difference? we'll get to that coming up. >> i'll bet some could. hard to believe but this weekend marks the fifth anniversary of hurricane katrina down in the gulf coast region. al and i are going to head down there and we will broadcast live from there on friday morning to talk about the lessons learned from katrina and how that area has done in terms of rebuilding.
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again, that's a live broadcast from new orleans friday morning right here on tod"today." >> all right. >> let's go inside. >> carl quintanilla is in for me at the news desk. good morning, everybody. the head of the fda said this morning nationwide recall of more than half a billion eggs could grow in the coming days and weeks. commissioner margaret hamburg said the specific source of salmonella contamination has not yet been found. as many as 1,300 cases of food poisoning have already been linked to eggs produced by two iowa farms. gunfire in manila. police surrounded and broke windows on a bus where 15 chinese tourists are being held hostage. a former police officer seized about 25 people later releasing several women and children. rescuers hope to begin sending food down a narrow hole today to 33 miners found alive inside a collapsed gold and copper mine in chile. the celebration on sunday when a probe lowered into the mine brought back two notes saying the miners were safe despite 17
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days underground. a video camera even sent back pictures of the miners. however, it could take up to four months to free them. iran has unveiled what it calls the first domestically produced unmanned bomber. state television said it has a range of 620 miles not long enough to reach israel. sunday's ceremony came one day after eiran started fueling its first nuclear reactor which the west fears could be used to make weapons. overseas markets mostly higher this morning. cnbc's melissa lee is at the new york stock exchange. melissa, what will drive the street this week? all eyes on activity that may make investors more bullish. hewlett-packard entered into a bidding war with dell, dat at that storage company. meantime in other news those new credit card rules that went into effect yesterday may have actually helped fuel a rise in your credit card rate levels we have not seen for nine years because the new laurie strikts card issuers of raising rates
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that have risen preemptively. sponsors say that consumers are protected by the new legislation, carl. thank you very much, melissa lee at the nyse. fountains of fun. mexico city this weekend where 2,400 people broke a world record for setting off the most me mentos and soda geysers at the same time. gives new meaning for refresh mak maker. anyway, it is 8:04. now back to matt and ann. >> carl, thanks very much. stephanie abrams is here while ann is off -- no, al is off. no, europe not off today. >> you might be distracted by the men and women in uniform. we have chief harper here. >> we are here to kick off air force week, to be able to meet with new yorkers and tell the air force story. in fact tomorrow we're going to be out the intrepid to have the proclamation, air force remembers will be around new york at different venues. we want new yorkers and
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americans to come out and join us. as well as our thunderbirds. >> that's fantastic. thank you for all that you do. we appreciate it. our pick city is allentown, pennsylvania. stormy there and about five degrees below average. storms into the center of the country back to the plains. >> morning, everyone. we're off to a good i keep finding people without umbrellas, matt.
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olympic team. and one of the few snowboarders good enough to challenge number one sean white. kevin pierce had beaten him twice. but the 22-year-old's dreams of a gold medal were dashed in an accident that left him near death even though he was wearing a helmet, pierce suffered severe brain trauma when his head slammed against the edge of the half pipe. >> american snowboarder kevin pierce remains in critical but stable condition. >> reporter: pierce was put on a breathing tube and kept in a coma to limit the swelling on his brain. >> the brain has to mend itself. and in order to do that it really needs to be quiet. >> reporter: kevin's initial prognosis was clear and his recovery has been long and painful. helped in large part by the unending support of his family. his father is a renowned glass blower simon pierce, one of four brothers who grew up living for
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the snow. as a child kevin point blank confronted jake burton. >> i asked him because there was no such thing at the time and then a couple weeks later he came back with this. >> reporter: we first met kevin prior to his accident learning firsthand about his family's strong bonds. how are you doing? kevin's older brother, david, is his biggest fan, and a champion in his own right winning multiple medals it at the special olympics. >> i look over to my left and see dave and he has this huge pile of medals and he's already been to the special olympics and he's already done that. >> reporter: after kevin's accident the brothers became an inspiration to one another. >> i think kevin has learned a lot about patience from david because everything takes longer and the challenges have been immense from him. >> reporter: today all efforts remain on kevin's recovery. his eyesight has been affected by the accident and he now wears special glasses to compensate
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but he vows he will recover and return to the days when the pierce boys would practice their tricks for hours in the backyard even some day hopefully strapping on his beloved board and heading back up the mountain. for "today," kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. kevin pierce is here along with his mom. grit to see you. normally i would start with you. i'm going to talk to your mom first. >> good idea. >> a few months ago this would not have seemed possible to be sitting here in this studio. >> we are so grateful that kevin has worked so hard to get better and i really believe it's his own inner determination and he had it before when he was working so hard to get to the olympics and then when this happened to him he just hung on to that strength and here he is today. >> the brain is an amazing thing when you stop and think about it, not only because of physically what you have been able to do in terms of recovery but because of the fact you don't remember a thing about the accident. >> i think it's a very good
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thing, i don't remember them cutting into my head twice and i don't remember anything for a month and a half. it's amazing that i don't remember a month and a half in my life and i'm sitting here in such great shape. >> i remember tom brokaw talked to you, went and visited you, and you spent so many years training to get to those olympic games and the irony of you watched those games in a rehabilitation hospital. what was that like for you? >> yeah, that was a pretty interesting time just because of how bad a shape i was in and watching the olympics and knowing that i could have been there and that was my dream and i worked so hard to get there and it was really the only thing at that point when i was snowboarding that really mattered to me. the fact i was in such bad shape when that was going on. it was very hard for me and one of the hardest things ever to watch on tv. >> balance -- balance has been an issue and eyesight. you were still having trouble
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with your eyesight. where does that stand? >> i still have trouble with my e eyesight. your eyes are actually a muscle so we do a lot of eye exercise to try to get them better and stuff like that. along with my vision and balance, my reaction time is also a bit slow now so i need to work on that to try to get my license back. >> so you can drive again. a major hurdle. there's the physical side of this and then there is the emotional side that we've come to know. i don't know -- i'm sure that a lot of families would have pulled together the way your family did. your other three sons all sacrificed and chipped in and got together for kevin. what did you learn about your family based on this? >> i think it really reinforced for me how important family can be, how powerful the love of family is. and i think pulling together for us was something that wasn't hard because we would just do that. it could happen to anybody. something happened to me i feel like everybody in the family
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would be there for me in the same way. i think it was just striking how powerful and how much of a difference it really makes. >> and, kevin, what did it mean to your recovery? how much was the emotional side of things? how much did it play a role in the actual recovery? >> i think it played the biggest role ever, the amount of stuff they did and having everybody there. they were there by my side the entire time and it was a long time. >> seven months? >> going on almost eight months now. >> they've been with me the whole time. it's beyond amazing having them. the food in the hospital wasn't the best. they brought me food every day. >> home cooking is nice. we love that. >> that was just so special and everything they did for me was just beyond belief, how amazing they have been. >> everybody wants to know are you going to board again and to what level? mom is smiling. i imagine mom gets a say in this. are you going to get back on the snowboard? >> yes. i'm very lucky and excited that i am able to get back on a snowboard just because of the
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shape i was in seven months ago and you saw from that photo that i was practically dead and the fact that i am going to be able to do that. >> mom, how are you going to feel about that? the doctors have given you the what if -- if something like that were to happen again. >> he can't do it again. i've had anxiety before. i guess i'll have probably some anxiety again. but i feel like it's kevin's life and he needs to make his own choices and we're here to support him. >> i think we know what that choice is going to be. keep in touch, all right? >> do you have something format senate. >> oh, yeah. and there's an amazing amount of support. >> by the way, wear helmets. to the young people, wear helmets. >> or else i'd be dead. >> thank you so much. good luck.
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>> announcer: today's consume certificate brought to you by bank of america. this morning on "today's consumer" back-to-school clothes. a lot of kids only want the best, does that always mean designer labels? consumer correspondent and reader's digest contributor janice lieberman with more. >> trendy is what the kids want, are most interested in. what if your kids didn't see the labels, would they be just as happy? we decided to do a little experiment with four fashion forward teams. retailers are all vying for your dollars and if your teens have any say in it, they want the latest and greatest fashion trends and that's no different from these four teens. where do you like to shop? >> i like to shop at hollister. it can be pricey but it's so
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cute. >> i like to shop at 21. they have great dresses. >> i would shop there and a store that has a lot of stuff for cheap prices. >> i love to shop at bloomingda bloomingdale's. it's fun because you can get everything there. you can get good stuff for not that much. >> all four say they love to get a good bargain, they have never shopped for clothes at discount mega stores like walmart or kmart. only one had ever checked out fashions at target. do you check out labels? >> the look is good and it's worth it. >> we conducted an unscientific experiment to see if the savvy teen shoppers could figure out where the fashions came from. we told them they would be part of a back-to-school fashion show and could choose any items from these racks of clothes to model. all right, ladies, hit the racks. ♪
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>> what they didn't know was the entire wardrobe came from kmart, target and walmart and cost under $30 apiece with the labels removed, the girls had to rely on their own sense of style. finally, after careful selection and trying on several different o outfits, the models were ready for show time. ♪ beautiful girls all over the world i could be chasing ♪ >> what do you girls think of these outfits? >> they're great. >> fabulous. >> anybody have any idea what store they came from? >> no. >> i'd say the bottoms maybe from gap. >> any idea how much each piece costs? >> maybe the dress cost $50. >> what do you think? >> i think the top came from h&m
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because i have one similar to it. >> would you buy these clothes? >> yes. >> they're really nice. >> i would. >> then it was time for the big reveal. all right. so guess what, these came from kmart, walmart, and target. olivia was wearing a walmart and target top for $10 each and kmart jeans for $20. a total of $40. helen was wearing a target dress. her total outfit $22. nicole had on a walmart hoodie, leggings, and tank for $12 each for a total of $36. and a walmart top for $10, a target tank for $8, and leggings for $7. her total outfit $25. are you surprised? >> yeah, i am. they're really nice clothes. i really like them. >> i'm so surprised. i couldn't believe it.
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yeah, but they're really nice. >> and what about the prices? >> prices are amazing. >> i was definitely shocked. i did not honestly expect walmart or kmart -- wow. i'm still shocked. >> gotcha. how do you make the most of your back-to-school bucks? get the idea of the look and then check out some of the discounters to see if you can find similar clothing that may be inspired by the big designers. as we found out, you, your kids, and your wallets will be very happy, ann. >> so how did you get so stumped? i don't understand. would you guys tell your friends where you bought these clothes? would you try to not reveal that, broadcast it? helen? >> it would be my little secret. >> they might reveal if asked. >> this is not the only thing you would suggest. if you buy something for your
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child, cut the label out, but what else? >> go look for the promotional code for the big retailers. a lot offer coupons. there's a lot of back-to-school specials out there. go now when it's on sale and buy for next year if you find anything. there are different ways to save. go to the big department stores. see what's in. they have fabulous sales. sign up for their e-mails. they'll tell you 20% to 30% off the next hour. go online. you really have to be shop smart, savvy shopper. >> savvy shopper, maybe going into one of these stores with dark glasses. so funny. were you really shocked? >> i was honestly very shocked. i did not expect it to come from walmart. >> you look good. i'm glad you like the clothes. that's a good way for parents to save money. >> parents were very happy when we revealed to them, by the way.
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>> thanks for taking off the first day of school to be here this morning. >> you're welcome. we're going to meet "today's" wedding finalists. >> live, local, late breaking this is wbal tv 11 news. >> let's get a check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> still dealing with heavy delays at 895 and 95 in the southbound direction. 12 miles per hour on 95. we had an earlier accident on 895 and o'donnell. still very heavy on both of the major roads. 25 miles per hour on the north east side.
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in another accident to report on gellar road. -- on bellaire road. 21 minutes is your drive time on the outer loop side. let's give you a live view of the earlier accident scene. now it is looking a lot better. still delays there. now they are filtering out and looking a lot better. west side on the outer loop looking at heavy delays. that is the latest on traffic polls 11. >> good morning, everyone. so far things have been pretty quiet on this monday. the clouds will fill in as we go through the morning. we will get through the rest of the morning drive. 75 degrees in rock hall. a mixture of sunshine and clouds today. the high temperatures on the lower end of the 80's.
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things do not change much on tuesday and wednesday. scattered showers on both days. nice weather at the end of the week. if you like the heat, that will be back on saturday and sunday. >> we will see you back here at 8:00 the p5. -- at 8:55.
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♪ 8:30 on a monday morning, the 23rd of august, 2010. let's not sugar-coat it. it's nasty here in the northeast and will be for the better part of the day. but on the bright side nice people gathered outside on our plaza. they have their umbrellas.
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i'm matt lauer along with ann curry. meredith is taking some time off. because ann is here, kacarl quintanilla -- >> now i'm confused. >> nice enough to fill in over at the news desk and he joins us. coming up, martha stewart. you came on the right day. martha is here to help you organize your kitchen, yours, too. she will help us make a kitchen not only stylish but functional as well. she has some great kitchen tips and she'll be sharing those in just a couple of minutes. and speaking of martha stewart, we think about her and weddings sometimes. it's that time of the year again. time to choose this year's wedding couple. we've narrowed it down to four finalis finalists. this morning you'll meet those finalists and we'll tell you how you can choose the winner. plus, how often do you spend rning in bed while your rtner's dead when their head hits the pillow. what they're calling sleep envy.
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yeah. >> something we know a lot about. >> i fall right asleep. i do. boom. >> right until the alarm wakes up. >> boom. envy. a lot to get to. let's get a check of the weather. al is off today. stephanie abrams is filling in. no jacket. >> no raincoat. >> this is nothing, seriously. >> i'm wearing that dress. you can see these arms. >> a 3-year-old baby heading back to nigeria. why is that? >> i work there. >> what's the weather? >> hot and humid. >> enjoy the cool temperatures. let's have a look at this forecast. our tropical entity. it doesn't look like it will be affecting us. rain sticking around in the northeast, the south and the west. otherwise it's going to be hot, hot, hot in texas and the southern plains. >> good morning, everyone.
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we're off to a nice, quiet this afternoon we could see a few rain showers pop up. 40% and for your back-to-school forecast, 24 hours a day. we want to find out who is celebrating today. i will hand it over to willard in d.c. hey, willard. i don't think they're still in business but it is time to go back to school. ring the bell. do your thing. i think half the kids love it. they're bored. happy birthday, how sweet it is. swimming, camping, scratching.
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irma robinson is 102. loves playing with her cat and enjoys playing cards with her friends. happy birthday. nice name. shirley myers. fourth time she's tried to get on the show, played the piano in church until she was 102. they hauled the piano away and she was still going. we have regina st. germain, 102. loves cooking. says her secret ingredient is lots of butter. me, too. butter and oleo for 50 years. we have fred ignacio out of california, 101. lives independently and still drives to the grocery store. we wish him well. that's terrific. ruth bettman known as dear.
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hey, dear, come here, please. she was a flapper back in the '20s. so was i. and finally we have jonathan robinson of huntsville, florida, 100 years old today. became a broadway singer at 21. opened his own theater and that is been helping young artists perform. that's it. that's all. back to new york. willard, thank you so much. up next, martha stewart shows us how to do everything we need to create a kitchen that works.
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this morning on martha on "today" some top kitchen tips. secrets for creating a kitchen that's not only beautiful but functional as well. all these tips right off the pages of "martha stewart
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living." good morning. nice to see you. >> and 50 tips. >> you could have done 500 tips. >> i probably could have but we he h edited it down to what i think people should at least start with, 50. >> these are basic and some are so -- you love dish towels, not the big monster ones. you like little ones and you can't have enough of them. >> you can use the little bar cloths good for wiping counters and they're easily washed and laundered and i keep these damp whenever i'm working so i wipe the counter with this not paper towels. >> you fill an entire drawer. >> not just one. it's such a useful way and i know when i start cooking a meal, i have all the towels i need. >> all easily washable. >> this is a good hint. when you want your cutting board -- this can be acrylic or wood. some heavy chopping, put a damp dish cloth underneath. try to move that. >> or you can use one of these
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nonstick surfaces. >> can you clean that? >> oh, sure. just wash it in soapy water. >> knifes, people put them in the blocks. >> i like the drawer because i don't want the knifes out. i just don't want them -- i put them in a drawer and i can just grab the knife i want. these actually work very, very well and they do keep your knifes from getting dull. >> but don't just throw your knifes in a drawer haphazardly. you reach in, you can cut yourself easily. and when you cut yourself, you should have a first aid kit. you have a whole drawer dedicated to that. >> this is so easy. everything is totally reachable. i have one for my pets, because i have a lot of pets, and one for humans. this has everything i need if i want an aspirin or a nail clipper or a q-tip. >> what's the pink? >> benadryl. allergy. and then throat lozenge, anything is all accessible and i
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love having drawers. >> all in containers. how many cats do snuff. >> i have five. each has his or her own dish. these nonstick trays -- >> where did you find these? >> i'm not allowed to say. >> i'm sorry. these are cool. you put a big water bottle in one and food dish on the other and these are great. my cats really are picky. they want their open bowl. >> and they know which bowl is theirs? >> of course. >> they read? >> oh, yes. >> okay. >> now for washing dishes, another nice hint if you have a hard thing. >> it won't break. i don't want to break my glasses. you can also put a tub in the sink, a soft, plastic tub, so the glass can soak there and it
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won't break. >> okay. >> and decanting your dish liquid or hand lotion into decorative containers is a very good thing. and you don't have big labels everywhere. it's nice. >> whose stuff is that? i'm kidding you. it's the time of year for fresh vegetables and produce. a lot of people put that in the refrigerator. you don't like the included cluttered look so you organize it. >> it shouldn't go in the refrigerator and it's so nice with the farm tomatoes to put them 0 out on a platter. i keep my fruit out, too. peaches taste so much better or apples, room temperature. eggs, too. we're having a big problem with eggs so everybody better be careful where their eggs come from. organically grown you can keep out for a few days. >> that's not a problem? >> oh, no, no, no. they're fresh. and so this looks nice, too, on your counter. >> it does. a festive feeling of the spring
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or summer. >> all year i do this. all year i keep it out. >> this cart is an ingenious idea, something you can't live without. >> and i have two of these in my kitchen and people love them because you can keep all your salts and peppers in dishes like this. >> do you cover those? >> no, no, no. >> don't worry about dust? i would hate to think of dust in martha's house. you don't worry about dust? >> no. and i keep all my tools, my hand tools accessible in crocks like this, and my spatulas, my whisks, wooden spoons like this so i grab what i need. and not just for me, many, many people do this. the 50 tips show you how to organize your kitchen just to make it more useful. >> very functional and also pretty. out of the pages of "martha stewart living." up next, our couples competing for a chance to be mayrried liv on our plaza.
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>> announcer: "today's wedding" is brought to you by chevy. every model is backed by a 100,000-mile five-year power train limited warranty. back now at 8:45 with our special series "today's wedding: modern love." this morning we'll reveal our finalists competing for the opportunity to get married live on our show. >> hundreds of videos and applications, we've narrowed it down to four couples. here are their stories. ♪ ♪ what i want you've got that might be hard to handle ♪ we met at college training in 1989, just graduated high school, introduced to each
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other. i thought he was cute. >> i just remember seeing her and i was sold. >> we department actually start dating until our junior year of college. it was at that time we became serious. ♪ you make my dreams come true >> we did have a breakup for about eight to ten months. he did move back to long island and it was at that time that i realized i couldn't be without him. ready, babe? >> ready. >> let's go. >> we're excited to wake up with each other every day. we want our lives together. every day is something new and interesting. ♪ magic, magic, magic >> it's something that you feel. there's something missing when you're not with me. when we're together people like to be around us. you're the one. >> thanks. >> not a guess. i know. >> you're doing great, babe. keep up the good work. whenever we go some place, it's
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a comfort that you get knowing that your best friend is next to you. good morning, "today" show. i thought i would skype you so you could see how my fiancee and i communicate on a daily basis. >> hi, i'm melissa. >> i'm in the united states air force. we met in 2007 and i proposed to her when i returned from iraq in 2008. we were at a choir performance our senior year of high school. i was new to the school. >> i was very shy in high school. >> she was the prettiest girl in the room. i had to get to know her. after several long months of begging and pleading she finally agreed to go out on a date. i see her as the most wonderful girl in the world. she'll still sit down and have a nice day on skype with me. is it hot there today? >> no, not as bad.
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oh, my gosh, you look so pretty. thank you. he would send me flowers from afghanistan and do all these special things for me. to make me still feel special. >> have a good night, sweetheart. miss you. >> he comes home from afghanistan in september. >> i'm getting married, icing on the cake. i love her with all my heart and she deserves the very best. i would love to surprise her with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. >> i'm marcus allen. we actually met at a cvs. >> now i don't want to plan a wedding and he doesn't want to plan a wedding, so we need you to mrplan our wedding and the honeymoon. >> i went into cvs looking for directions and i call him my
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traveling superman because he comes out, i know where that is. >> i gave her a business card and said, you have to let me ta take you to lunch. she said, no, you call me. >> i invited him at church. you know what, we should go to lunch. >> about six months into it i knew that this would be the person i would want to marry. >> big old boy. every once in a while he'll look up, you don't want to date me. >> one of the quirky things i love is her laugh. her laugh is infectious. i think one of the big advantages that makes us work well as a couple is that i'm her number one fan and i think she is my number one fan. >> you see, you don't know? >> i know she's my number one fan. ♪ we make each other happy and we just can't lose ♪
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♪ let me know take a chance if you have no place to go ♪ >> we're trying to achieve the goal of our lives, have the wedding of our dreams. >> "today" show, we are your next couple. we've been together now for nearly four years. i came to mississippi on a scholarship. >> we both had to take anatomy class and were study partners. i would call him my best friend. >> she tried to teach me yoga. doesn't work. i tried to teach her soccer. doesn't work. >> i always thought i'd marry a catholic boy. i got the catholic part but not italian. it's been a huge blessing i got to meet him and the fact he's from another country, we learn so much and gain perspective. ♪
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he always has a different way of looking at things. i have been to ireland twice. >> she fits in with my family like a glove. she's definitely the one. we have our eyes on the prize. ♪ love, love got to have something to keep us together ♪ ♪ love, love that's enough for me ♪ >> am i glad i don't have to make the choice. they are four terrific couples. >> we have zero to do with this. it's up to our viewers. they're such nice people. do they have any idea marriage wise, letting our viewers do all the selections. >> they do pretty well, our viewers. >> we have a good track record. vote for your favorite couple. head to our website you can also text your choice to
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622639. that is one for lauren and greg, two for melissa and jeremy, three for shakira and marcus or four for genevieve and david. you have until 1:00 p.m. eastern time tomorrow to cast your vote. >> you can vote on your facebook page. the biggest social network in the world. a lot of these were posted on facebook. >> to follow the wedding process you have to click like us. you have to like us. hopefully that's not too hard for you. your comments and votes and we'll reveal the winning couple live on wednesday. >> and then we start right off with the selections. it goes crazy. it's a very fast process this year. >> rings, cake, all of it. >> orientation at school, the drugstore, and that one couple, the one kid who thought he never had a chance. he kept trying and trying.
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>> that's that kid from afghanistan. you don't have a chance. >> we'll find out more about it. we're back in a moment.
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just ahead, sleep envy. the problems that arise when one spouse has such an easy time falling asleep. the other tosses and turns. >> and your child's health.
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>> first your local news and weather.
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>> good morning, everyone. so far things have been pretty quiet. the clouds will thicken up as we head into the afternoon. a chance for a few showers later on in the forecast. take an umbrella, even though you may not need it this morning. the forecast will not change that much over the next few days. variable clouds. tuesday and wednesday in the upper 70's. low to mid 80's on thursday and friday. the heat is back next weekend. high temperatures near 90. >> think you for joining us. we will see you back here at 9:25 a.m. 9:25 a.m.
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